Tuesday, April 15, 2014


This cold snap has been predicted on the weather websites for awhile now – but SNOW !!??

Yes, woke up this morning to that gawd awful white stuff AND a temp of 32F/0C – with a “feels like” temp of 25F/MINUS -4C.


My poor little Arizona girl…..


I knew immediately by looking at the solar display screen that I was going to have to get up on the roof and get that snow off the panels.

My fabulous ‘hosts’ here have both 15AMP and 30AMP electrical that they’ve offered to me several times.  I’m just not the type that want to be a bother to anyone and surely not one that is going to impose in any way.

So on the roof I go.  Have you ever been on a skating rink with just smooth soled shoes on ?  Well that’s exactly what the roof was like.  EXTREME caution had to be used.


NOT a pretty sight !


As soon as I got back into the rig I saw my solar – oh how I LOVE my solar – was doing what it was supposed to be doing.  With the snow off the panels it was now pumping in 8 AMPS of juice.


Now 8 AMPS is not a lot – if it were sunny it would be pumping in anywhere from 15 – 20 AMPS but hey I’ll take what I can get.  It is very overcast so I’m surprised it is even pumping in that much.

In no time my battery level went from 12.4 to 13.1.  Several hours later it was at 13.5 – it naturally will not reach a full charge today but all I need is enough to keep my computer and MiFi charged and some juice left for the furnace for overnight tonight.  Tomorrow is going to be another very cold day – but sunny at least.


Ms. Daisy is REALLY not happy !!


My little guy know where to be to stay warm !!


I’m sure glad I got that extra heater – had BOTH going the entire day !!  I now have the Big Buddy and the Little Buddy !  LOL

“Jeeze Mom, You taking ANOTHER picture of me ??  I’m just laying here trying to get warm !!”


A little later the solar was pumping in 10.5 AMPS.


By 1:00PM it was still showing 32F/0C – with a “feels like” 19F/-7C.  And going to an overnight low of 21F/-6C.

Tomorrow is gonna be another bitter COLD one – same as today.  But Thursday we will get back to the mid 50’s – which I’m sure will feel downright BALMY !!  lol


  1. You are doing quite well there and keeping warm is the main thing. Soon summer will be here, right????
    We be in Ontario tomorrow afternoon so will be enjoying this great weather with you.

  2. Oh icK! You have snow and ice too. I won't tell you we're in Deming and didn't need a sweater today. I might tomorrow but didn't need it today.

  3. Way too cold and miserable. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using their 30 amp for a day or two since they offered. If it were my place, I'd be offended if you didn't use it when it is soooooo cold out.

    1. Sandie, By 7:00PM it was down to 16F and I gave in and got myself plugged in. Had both of my Mr. Heaters going plus my electric heater.

  4. OMG.. Poor you, you really should have turned left. Hope it warms up soon.

  5. What is that white stuff??? Surely these photos are photoshopped. Sorry for the winter weather. I'm sure you won't be interested at all in the fact that we hit 75 degrees today in Navada...nope, definitely not something to talk about. :)
    Nina and Paul

  6. That looks pretty cold! :-( I hope you're not experiencing a water systems freeze. I'm in the middle of doing research into how to prevent water system freeze-ups. I worked on my own water system yesterday. Today I found this reference which sounds interesting: http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9032 (read the bottom paragraph by "Kharrast"). I'm currently trying to figure out exactly what he did. LOL

    Did you receive the 2 emails I sent you showing my propane heater installations? I hope things warm up there soon! Luck!!

    Larry from the NW